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Then-Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida walks in front of Chernobyl’s nuclear power plant.
Then-Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida walks in front of Chernobyl’s nuclear power plant.

Fumio Kishida’s Great Nuclear Leap

A decade after Fukushima, the Japanese prime minister is walking a fine political line to reengage with the carbon-free energy source.

An excavator transfers imported iron ore at a port in Rizhao, China, on May 15, 2019.
An excavator transfers imported iron ore at a port in Rizhao, China, on May 15, 2019.
Pipe systems are seen at the industrial plant of Nord Stream 1.
Pipe systems are seen at the industrial plant of Nord Stream 1.

Moscow’s Gas Freeze Shows EU-Russian Trade Is Doomed

Russia is limiting supply in the hope of a short-term price rise.

Steam rising off coal plants is seen at sunset. The sky behind is orange.
Steam rising off coal plants is seen at sunset. The sky behind is orange.

Germany’s Frantic Push to Reduce Gas Consumption

As Russia weaponizes its gas exports, Germany is left scrambling to meet its needs—and reduction targets.

International Energy Agency Executive Director Fatih Birol
International Energy Agency Executive Director Fatih Birol

IEA Chief: Europe Has to Cut Gas Use or Face Brutal Winter

Fatih Birol spoke with FP about the current energy crisis, Russia’s use of the energy weapon, and why the 1970s aren’t quite back.

A digger descends into a copper and cobalt mine in Kawama, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on June 8, 2016.
A digger descends into a copper and cobalt mine in Kawama, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on June 8, 2016.

Green Energy’s Dirty Secret: Its Hunger for African Resources

The scramble for battery metals threatens to replicate one of the most destructive dynamics in global economic history.

The sun sets on a deep-sea mining vessel
The sun sets on a deep-sea mining vessel

Race to the Bottom: Deep Sea Mining Is the Next Frontier

The untapped trove of metals on the ocean floor might be the key to a greener future—or an environmental catastrophe.

The Grohnde nuclear power plant
The Grohnde nuclear power plant

Germany Confronts Its Nuclear Demons

Opposition to all things nuclear was the bedrock of the modern German political psyche. Then came Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Electricity workers in a boat check solar panels at a photovoltaic power station built in a fishpond in Haian, China, on July 19, 2021.
Electricity workers in a boat check solar panels at a photovoltaic power station built in a fishpond in Haian, China, on July 19, 2021.

Russia’s War Is the End of Climate Policy as We Know It

Ironically, geopolitical strife and energy scarcity will do more for the climate than decades of ardent policies.

A person in a green jacket holding their bicycle looks out over water and coal plants.
A person in a green jacket holding their bicycle looks out over water and coal plants.

The Energy Crisis Won’t Sabotage Climate Goals

Climate despair is understandable but misplaced.

An aerial view of the first thermosolar power plant in Latin America in Antofagasta, Chile, on Sept. 22, 2021.
An aerial view of the first thermosolar power plant in Latin America in Antofagasta, Chile, on Sept. 22, 2021.

Chile Bets Big on Green Hydrogen

The country aims to lure investors and become a global clean energy hub.

Solar technicians from Alianza Ceibo/Amazon Frontlines help members
Solar technicians from Alianza Ceibo/Amazon Frontlines help members

Ecuador’s Distant Dream of a Green Recovery

The debt-saddled country is struggling to meet its climate goals under IMF austerity.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador speaks during his daily morning press conference in Mexico City on April 11.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador speaks during his daily morning press conference in Mexico City on April 11.

AMLO’s Electrical Faceoff

Mexico and the United States might be headed for their biggest clash yet under USMCA.

A worker inspects an open cast at the Arcadia lithium mine in Zimbabwe.
A worker inspects an open cast at the Arcadia lithium mine in Zimbabwe.

Shifting Mining From the Global South Misses the Point of Climate Justice

Onshoring critical minerals mining doesn’t address the root causes of predatory extraction.

Steam rises from the cooling towers of the Grohnde nuclear power in Germany.
Steam rises from the cooling towers of the Grohnde nuclear power in Germany.

3 Reasons Nuclear Power Has Returned to the Energy Debate

If we believed our own rhetoric about the climate crisis, support for nuclear would be much higher.

climate-change-storytelling-foreign-policy-illustration
climate-change-storytelling-foreign-policy-illustration

What 2021 Meant for the Fight Against Climate Change

Time to avoid climate change’s worse impacts is running out. What did 2021 change?

Health care workers in Lagos, Nigeria
Health care workers in Lagos, Nigeria

5 Reasons to Be Optimistic About 2022

Start the new year on a bright note: Here are five things to be excited about.

A young Nigerian refugee wears a small portable solar panel.
A young Nigerian refugee wears a small portable solar panel.

Why the Climate Panic About Africa Is Wrong

Once again, the rich world sees Africans as a threat to the planet.

A steel mill is seen outside Pittsburgh.
A steel mill is seen outside Pittsburgh.

Fossil Fuel’s Downfall Could Be America’s Too

How U.S. polluters might drag the country’s economy down with them.

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